We don’t need money, we need to be evacuated-Ghanaian students in China

The immediate past National Union of Ghanaian Students (NUGS) President in China, Philip Arthur has taken the government to the cleaners over the failure to evacuate despite the spike in the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the allocation of money from the government to the students who are locked up in their rooms is not what they need at the moment.

He said what they need is evacuation since the cases of infections keep increasing daily.

A furious Arthur told Rainbow Radio that the government must learn from countries such as the United States and evacuate them immediately.

He further added that they would have returned home without the support of the government if they had the opportunity.

But, the lockdown in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak has halted all airlines from moving in and out of the city.

He said the Ghanaian government would have to arrange with Chinese authorities to have them evacuated.

He has also called on politicians to stop taking advantage of the situation because they want to score cheap political points.

The issue he stressed is a disturbing one as the current infection rate has moved to over 60,000.

Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday – the deadliest day of the outbreak.

New cases of 14,840 have been recorded in just a day.

Authorities in Hubei have started using a broader definition to diagnose people – which accounts for most of the rise in cases.

Of the 242 new deaths in Wuhan, 135 are such “clinically diagnosed” cases.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says an evacuation was not a consideration for the government now.

At press briefing organised by the Ministry of Health to give an update on the issue, Director of Public Health, Dr Patrick Aboagye said Ghana had not yet decided to evacuate Ghanaians from the virus-hit China.

He explained that the government’s decision was in line with the WHO’s advice on evacuation.

An average of 2,500 people are screened at the Kotoka International Airport daily with four suspected cases found, however, a test on all four has proved to be negative, he added.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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